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A plus-size model has become the first Polynesian woman to pose for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit.
Veronica Pome’e is one of the six finalists in the 2019 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model search competition and the first Polynesian woman to pose for the magazine.
Currently, she is in the Bahamas for her SI Swim shoot.
Behind-the-scenes videos show the 29-year-old model posing wearing several swimsuits on the beach at The Cove Atlantis. The plus-size model posed for photographer YuTsai.
Veronica, who is on cloud nine, wrote on her Instagram:
‘Deep down you know exactly what you’re capable of. There are even moments when you get a glimpse of all the potential you have and you CAN get there.’
‘You just have to be willing to sacrifice the habits, things, and situations that are standing in the way of your success. Sometimes the most powerful thing to be is underestimated.’
In another post, she wrote: ‘Everyone knows I’m not the smallest girl, I don’t have the biggest boobs, I wouldn’t mind having a bigger a** and I have scars and stretch marks all over my body.’
‘My flaws have become what strengthens me the most like a model. As an underdog, it’s crucial for me to highlight inner beauty qualities because for so long I didn’t feel like I measured up to society’s expectations of beauty.’
‘In this day and age, young girls look up to us as sources of inspirations to feel more confident and empowered by being unapologetic and becoming more of their authentic selves.’
‘Making the final 6 for @si_swimsuit has allowed me to inspire the same girls who don’t feel like their skinny, pretty, curvy, or even skin tone worthy enough. The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.’
‘Thank you @mj_day and the entire team for believing in me….trust me when I say that this is only the beginning.’
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